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Irma damages NuStar Caribbean terminal

07 Sep 2017 17:24 (+01:00 GMT)
Irma damages NuStar Caribbean terminal

Houston, 7 September (Argus) — NuStar Energy reported damage to a number of storage tanks and other equipment at its crude and refined products terminal in St Eustatius in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma hit the region.

There were no spills associated with the damaged equipment or tanks, the company said today.

The terminal, a small island in the Dutch Antilles, has a storage capacity of 13mn bl in 56 tanks.

"Despite the damage and major clean-up effort, we feel like we fared very well considering the significant power of this storm," a NuStar spokesman said.

The company is working to restore power to the terminal, which is currently running on backup generators.

NuStar will be further assessing the terminal infrastructure over the next few days and did not have a re-start date.

Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm with winds up to 175 mph is still hitting Caribbean islands today and poses a serious threat to Florida and the US southeast.

Buckeye Partners has shut its crude and refined products terminal in Puerto Rico because of the storm. On 5 September Buckeye initiated full plant shutdown procedures at the terminal in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. The terminal has a capacity of 4.6mn bl in 42 storage tanks.

Buckeye also said yesterday that it is implementing hurricane preparedness plans at its marine terminals on the island of Grand Bahama, The Bahamas, and throughout Florida. Buckeye's massive 26.2mn bl Bahamas hub is also known as the Borco terminal.